A young woman, who was filmed earlier this week, wearing a miniskirt and crop top, wandering around a Saudi village near the country’s capital, was arrested by the police, according to local media reports.
The video of a woman in miniskirt launched a debate in Saudia Arabia, known for its strict dressing laws and controversial treatment of women.
Riyadh-based Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported on Tuesday that the woman has been arrested. The local government in Riyadh said that the authorities were taking the “necessary measures” to find the woman, who was accused of “walking around… in indecent clothing,” as cited by AFP.
The video was initially posted on the Snapchat account “Model Khulood,” and it shows a young woman posing in miniskirt and crop top at a deserted historic fort in the village of Ushaiger, some 200km northwest of the capital, Riyadh.
Not long after the video appeared online, Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) said it was looking into the issue.
Although many on social media defended the woman and said she did nothing wrong, Saudi sharia law demands of women to wear long and loose-fitting cloaks (abayas) that cover all the body. Saudia Arabia is well-known for being one of the most conservative Islamic countries.
The country’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice can enforce Sharia law. Its officers earlier held the right to arrest unrelated males and females for socializing, those engaged in homosexual activities or prostitution.
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